A 14-year-old Florida native is celebrating a major victory as she became the youngest woman to win the junior title at the French Open since 1994.
Cori Gauff, the youngest competitor in the girls’ singles draw in Paris, defeated Caty McNally 1-6 6-3 7-6(1) in the all-American final.
“Obviously I’m very excited and happy because this is my first time in my first main draw Roland-Garros. It was a tough fight, but at the end, it was worth it,” she says. Cori, who regularly trains with Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, stated that her runners-up run in New York provided the platform for major success today.
“It definitely helped me, because I was nervous. I remember being nervous at the US Open where I couldn’t really play,” added Cori, referring to the 6-2 6-0 defeat at the hands of compatriot Amanda Anisimova. “Even though I was nervous, I just told myself to keep fighting.”
Cori Gauff took to her Instagram to reflect on her amazing Roland-Garros victory and gave thanks to all of her supporters. “It has been an incredible experience here in Paris winning my first junior grand slam. Thank you God for allowing me to have such an unforgettable week. Thanks to everyone who supported me during this tournament. I can’t wait to be back for many more years to come ❤ #rgchampion,” she said.
Cori has been playing tennis since the age of 6 and is the daughter of Corey Gauff, a former basketball player at Georgia State University, and Candi Gauff, a former track star and gymnast.